​​​Glasgow Coma Scale

My Recorded GCS Values (all 2015)

  • 03 on 31st July
  • 03 on 1st August
  • 03 on 2nd August
  • 03 on 3rd August
  • 03 on 15th August
  • 05 on 22nd August
  • ​07 on 27th August
  • ​11 on 29th August
  • 10 on 31st August
  • 11 on 4th September
  • 08 on 9th September
  • ​14 on 12th September
  • 14 on 24th September

The values shown above are all taken from a neuro-psychiatrist's report by simply searching for the term "GCS", follow this link to open the report as a PDF.


Background Information

GCS is the most common scoring system used to describe the level of consciousness in a person following a traumatic brain injury.  It is used to help gauge the severity of an acute brain injury.  The test is simple, reliable, and correlates well with outcome following severe brain injury.  Generally brain injury is classified as:

  • Severe: GCS 8 or less
  • Moderate: GCS 9-12
  • Mild: GCS 13-15

​​Follow this link to view an authorititive source on the subject matter.


Scoring System (taken from Wikipedia page)

Eye Response

  1. No opening of the eye
  2. Eye opening in response to pain stimulus. A peripheral pain stimulus, such as squeezing the lunula area of the person's fingernail is more effective than a central stimulus such as a trapezius squeeze, due to a grimacing effect.[5]
  3. Eye opening to speech. Not to be confused with the awakening of a sleeping person; such people receive a score of 4, not 3.
  4. Eyes opening spontaneously

Verbal Response

  1. No verbal response
  2. Incomprehensible sounds. Moaning but no words.
  3. Inappropriate words. Random or exclamatory articulated speech, but no conversational exchange. Speaks words but no sentences.
  4. Confused. The person responds to questions coherently but there is some disorientation and confusion.
  5. Oriented. Person responds coherently and appropriately to questions such as the person’s name and age, where they are and why, the year, month, etc.

Motor Response

  1. No motor response
  2. Decerebrate posturing accentuated by pain (extensor response: adduction of arm, internal rotation of shoulder, pronation of forearm and extension at elbow, flexion of wrist and fingers, leg extension, plantarflexion of foot)
  3. Decorticate posturing accentuated by pain (flexor response: internal rotation of shoulder, flexion of forearm and wrist with clenched fist, leg extension, plantarflexion of foot)
  4. Withdrawal from pain (absence of abnormal posturing; unable to lift hand past chin with supraorbital pain but does pull away when nailbed is pinched)
  5. Localizes to pain (purposeful movements towards painful stimuli; e.g., brings hand up beyond chin when supraorbital pressure applied)
  6. Obeys commands (the person does simple things as asked)


​My Recorded GCS Values (all 2015)

  • 03 on 31st July
  • 03 on 1st August
  • 03 on 2nd August
  • 03 on 3rd August
  • 03 on 15th August
  • 05 on 22nd August
  • ​07 on 27th August
  • ​11 on 29th August
  • 10 on 31st August
  • 11 on 4th September
  • 08 on 9th September
  • ​14 on 12th September
  • 14 on 24th September

The values shown above are all taken from a neuro-psychiatrist's report by simply searching for the term "GCS", follow this link to open the report as a PDF.


Incidental Note

​After my mother suffered heart attack symptoms in 2018, I accompanied her on the ambulance journey to hospital.  I enquired of GCS 3 during conversation with the paramedics, they said something long the lines of "It basically means you are dead."